shogun 427 wrote in part. "Also I'm skeptical about the cost benefits of the whole port shuttle idea. Why pay to have a truck deliver your container to a terminal in one of the catchment areas to be loaded onto and travel on a train which is an added cost with both lifts and actual transport as opposed to having the truck deliver direct to the wharf (less moving parts). You only get the cost-benefit of rail when it's over a long-distance hence why Mildura, Warnambool, Horsham, Griffith, Maryvale etc etc have trains running".
I only read Railpage as well as several train magazines and I pay attention to Government announcements. I do not have inside information just a pro-rail attitude.
Shogun427 observations maybe correct!
Currently Minto and Enfield Container Depots run Port Shuttles.
Soon there will be similar facilities at Moorebank and St Mary's.
All of these are close to the Port Botany Container wharf's and Shogun427 truck theory and costing does not seem to apply.
I therefore cannot understand if Private Companies can run I assume profitable trip trains in the Sydney area why cannot Victoria. Give or take a few kilometres the distances would be similar.